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Old 12-02-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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It's time for us to have a dedicated thread here in the Impreza forum (I think) so I'll start with mine -----




Just picked it up a few hours ago and now it's off to an anniversary dinner in the new car.

I think I got more than just an alright deal. I ordered the car about 7 weeks ago, a Khaki Limited with nav/moonroof. Then added hood deflector, side window deflectors, block heater, battery warmer, dimming mirror and tow hitch. The dealership mistakenly ordered the moonroof air deflector, homelink mirror, all weather floor mats, door edge guards and pinstripes. Guess what? I got those for "free." When we sat down to do the paperwork I spotted a $595 charge for VIN etching that I wasn't told about so gave them a hard time, in a subtle kind of way, and said I'd settle for half the amount in oil changes but the finance guy was a sap so he also gave me the lifetime wheel/tire road hazard warranty and 4 oil changes as well as the third car in 6 years bonus of $300 below sticker. All told with tax/title/delivery and a full tank of gas and blah blah was $31,402.

I'd love to hear from others and see this thread (or one like it) turn into a quick stop for the Crosstrek. Bouncing around the forums to hit on each thread is cumbersome.

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Old 12-02-2012, 05:47 PM   #2
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looks nice, I like that color a lot.
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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cant tell if that is a good deal or not, so much is going on. but congrats!
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:33 PM   #4
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Great car. But $31,402???? wow I remember back in the say you could buy an STI under 30k. lol I am not looking forward to the day I need a new car.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:49 PM   #5
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Congrats. Love the color! The window etching is just another dealer scam. Around here, most dealers do every car that comes off the truck. It cost them about $20.00 a car. Then they try to charge $195-$595 per car. They don't call them stealerships for nothing.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:53 PM   #6
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I wanted to have the topic be '13 or '13+ rather than '11. Is there a way to create that header?



I just checked and without all the extra stuff other than the $595 for the tire/wheel protection plan and the window etching it was $28,710 (28,115 without) so you can compare it to your local pricing.

Yeah that charge pissed me off especially after the guy said "oh, oh yeah we do that to every car. Sorry you weren't told but uh...uh..." so I pushed a little, my wife even complimented me on how well I handled it. that was me patting myself on the back

So far I really like it, only did 94 miles but... It's much quieter than the MT I test drove and those paddle shifters are pretty cool. The steering has an interesting resistance to it when you are cornering that the hydraulic steering in my '12 Challenger didn't have that I kinda like and the on center feel is pretty good considering the electronic aspect. I really like the damping rates compared to the Impreza and the tautness in the overall ride gives a nice predictable feeling to the car.

I'll get it out for a little trip tomorrow and get some better pics too.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:01 PM   #7
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FYI, the factory installed tow hitch comes with the trailer wiring in place and the all weather floor mats would not have been worth paying for but all things considered they're fine.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:14 PM   #8
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Looks good, congrats on your new purchase.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:56 AM   #9
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that thing needs a drop, jk
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:48 AM   #10
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I checked Cars.com. There are only 10 Khaki XV's in the US right now. So, uber rare color!

I'm glad the Khaki has the black interior. I wished Subaru would had the black as a option on the white exterior.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:16 AM   #11
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Looks nice! Someone in my town has a khaki colored Crosstrek and I'm quite a fan of the color. Congrats!
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:44 PM   #12
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aeoporta - That was funny

Ten? SWEET! I have a thing for low volume cars or at least a car in a rare color so that more than fits my little idiosyncrasy

I am really surprised by how quiet this car is on the highway, there is some tire noise but I expected that and the way I go through tires I'll be replacing them by this time next year so it's a relatively short lived issue. The ride is plush and taut at the same time. It's tough to describe but small hits that would be a jolt in many cars are very well damped,to the point of being a non issue, and ripply pavement is very well read and transmitted through to the driver but not in a bad way.

When I left the house this morning the dash mpg readout was at 25.5 and when I got home about 50 miles later of mixed interstate, back roads at 45-55 mph and very hilly 30 mph streets it was at 27.6. The car has 140 or so miles on it now.

More pics



Plenty of room in the back seat


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Old 12-03-2012, 03:57 PM   #13
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Nice I really dig the Khaki color.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:53 PM   #14
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gravitylover, i dig your merkin
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:21 PM   #15
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merkin? U sure about that -

World English Dictionary
merkin (ˈmɜːkɪn)

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1. an artificial hairpiece for the pudendum; a pubic wig
2. obsolete the pudendum itself

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:05 PM   #16
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Yep Merkin aka the leaves covering your plates. He he
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:40 PM   #17
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Yep Merkin aka the leaves covering your plates. He he
Haha . Prior to reading your comment I was thinking to myself, wow what are the chances that leaves would stick onto your plates like that.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:21 PM   #18
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Ooh that's good. Well done on the obscure word usage. I did it because I don't know how to block the plates out of the pics. Heck, I just figured out how to post pics on forums yesterday after being around them for about 13 years so Photoshop is pretty well outside my comfort zone.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:31 PM   #19
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First, I have to compliment you on the strategic placement of the leaves over the license plates.

If the XV had been released just a few months sooner, I probably would have gone that route over the reg. 5dr impreza. But I could not wait that long.

No remorse though. Looks good!!

I don't think the pic do the color justice and would like to see that color in person.

Thanks For sharing!
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:42 PM   #20
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Congrats... Love the color also. Does the crosstrek come with tinted glass in the back? I am in NY also and have been thinking of tinting lightly like that, not sure if it is legal or not. What is the major diff between a crosstrek and say a sport limited??? Good Luck with the car.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:47 PM   #21
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What is the major diff between a crosstrek and say a sport limited??? Good Luck with the car.
The Crosstrek has:

-Large brakes
-Body reinforcements at key points
-raised suspension and sub frames
-unique front and rear bumpers and side wheel arch moldings, etc
-black faced gauges. (yes, I'm jelly)
-different wheels
~3" higher ground clearance.
-and about $1,000 for each of those inches.

If it was my only car I think that I would splurge and get it because it's cool. But since I was looking between a Crosstrek and Impreza Sport for my daily driver and not my 'toy' I was happy to save a bit of cash.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:35 AM   #22
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vwgti - Yes it does come with that tint. You should stop into a local tint shop and have them explain what you can and can't do here. I know there is a limit on how dark the rear windows can be and you aren't supposed to do anything to the front three windows at all.

jay25rs - The suspension is tuned differently as well. It's obvious from the first minute you're in the car that the damping rates are different and the springs sure feel stiffer too. I think the steering feels very different but that could just be the beefier tires and I also think it has more vibration damping and sound deadening material in the right places but don't have any actual proof of those two things. Those black gauges are pretty cool eh...
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:51 AM   #23
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I want those black gauges and the grille is much nicer. It probably doesnt fit on impreza tho
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:34 PM   #24
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So ... after five days I am totally happy with the car. I think I went into it with my expectations a little low. I have been pleasantly surprised at every turn. The ride quality is better than my previous Subies, the suspension is better damped and the thing is actually quiet on the highway.

So far the lack of power hasn't come into play because I only have 500 or so miles on the car but what I have used has been totally sufficient. I have to admit though that I am looking forward to hammering up a hill So far I've found that getting on the highway isn't as bad as I expected from everybody whining about the lack of power with this car and keeping up with suburban traffic, even leading the pack away from traffic lights, hasn't been a problem at all. Obviously there are always going to be times when you want more but so far so good.

A lot of my everyday ride is on less than stellar pavement and the car is nicely composed over just about all of it and seems to get better on the types of roads that really aren't any better than National Forest roads in the high country of Colorado. The damping rates are completely different than anything else in the Impreza line and seem to be pretty well matched to the tires. Cornering is also better than I expected but I think I see the need for the strut brace up front so I think I need to add that to the budget. The ride on the highway is, well, amazing for a short wheelbase, awd, lifted wagon. It's plush when you want it to be and responsive when you need it to be. On NYC streets it is easy to handle and the sharp jolts that I have always known are annoyances at worst now.

So far the mpg's have been just about what I expected. All I have to go by is the dash readout until I fill up on Sunday but at the first fill it was reading 28.8 and now, after two rotten traffic days on my commute, both on the highway and in the city, the readout is saying 29.1. This is what I expected out of summer gas and warmer air and pavement temps and after the motor was broken in. I wonder just how good it can get...

So far the only complaints are minor. The wind noise from the mirrors is excessive. If anybody wants to have a project here's one, design a more aero mirror cover The next is also a noise issue, the tires. Ick. I know they weren't designed to be quiet tires but a little quieter would be nice. They do seem to handle acceptably and were actually really good in the rain tonight, better than I expected actually, no hydroplaning issues at all and they tracked very well on a few slippery corners coming up my hill. The last complaint is another project, the sun visor SUX! Flimsy little plastic POS that's shaped all wrong. It drops too deep and the top is too high for it to go against the side window because it hits the oh ***** handle so it sits at a funky angle. It also needs to be longer to block the sun from the side when it's really low in the sky in the morning.

Question - How do you turn on the side mirror heaters and the lower windshield heater? On my 06 Outback there's a button on the dash.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #25
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Rear defroster will turn them on
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